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February 11, 2016, 6:15 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: Pandora has held preliminary discussions about selling itself  —  Pandora Is Said to Have Held Talks About Selling Itself  —  Pandora Media, the largest Internet radio service, has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google developing stand-alone VR headset that won't require smartphone, computer, or game console, uses Movidius chips to track users' motion  —  Google Developing Stand-Alone Virtual-Reality Headset  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is developing a virtual-reality headset that doesn't rely …
William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Zenefits is under investigation by the California Department of Insurance to see if the company complies with regulations  —  Zenefits Is Under Investigation By Regulators In California  —  The California insurance commissioner is expected to announce on Thursday an investigation …
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Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Quartz's new iPhone app uses a chat interface and push notifications to deliver curated news stories  —  Quartz's new app wants to text you the news  —  For a brief moment during development, the first app from Quartz — the four-year-old business news publication owned by The Atlantic …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network  —  It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again.  Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Reveals Video View Counts To Score Creators And Ad Dollars  —  Video is booming on Instagram with watch time up 40% in 6 months, so now it's trying to lure the best video makers and marketers from competitors like Vine and YouTube.  Over the next few weeks, Instagram …
Manish Singh / NDTV Gadgets360.com:
Microsoft Says 74 Android OEMs Now Pre-Installing Its Apps; Acer Joins List  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone may have lost the battle to Android in capturing substantial market share, but it doesn't mean that there won't be footprints of the company's services and apps on your Android device.
Agam Shah / PCWorld:
Qualcomm bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with new Wear platform  —  With LTE connectivity, Qualcomm is trying to break the pattern of tethering wearables with smartphones  —  Wearables today are overwhelmingly tethered to smartwatches.  Qualcomm wants to change that by bringing LTE connectivity …
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
15% of US adults have used dating sites or apps; usage by 18- to 24-year-olds has nearly tripled since 2013  —  15% of American Adults Have Used Online Dating Sites or Mobile Dating Apps  —  Usage by 18- to 24-year-olds has increased nearly threefold since 2013, while usage by 55- to 64-year-olds has doubled
Michael Crider / Android Police:
LG Announces A Fancy Touch-Enabled Cover For The G5 Before The Phone Itself  —  LG is really excited about the G5.  So excited, in fact, that they just can't wait until Mobile World Congress later this month.  To tide themselves over for the next few weeks, the PR folks have officially announced …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Chrome 49 for Android will notify users of nearby smart beacons, Google announces IoT research pilot  —  A part of Google's Internet of Things approach involves placing low-energy Bluetooth beacons in the world that can communicate with smartphones.  Starting with version 49, currently in beta …

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